The first section of this unit will consist of an examination of the book of Psalms as a whole and then individual representative Psalms. The second section will consist of an examination of selected wisdom texts from the Old Testament. Both sections will demonstrate the application of major methodologies associated with the exposition of this literature.

Unit code: BA9400C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Old Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Undertake independent research on texts of the type under discussion at an advanced level.


Demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply a wide range of standard biblical methodologies.


Identify interpretative ambiguities associated with an examination of the texts being examined.


Present the results of a wide range of research on given biblical texts in the corpus under study


Develop strategies for the public presentation of the type of texts under discussion.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


Each three hours consists of two hours of interactive lectures and one hour of report.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Gerstenberger, E. S. Psalms: Part I, With an Introduction to Cultic Poetry. FOTL. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.
  • ———. Psalms, Part II, and Lamentations. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • ———. Theologies in the Old Testament. Translated by John Bowden. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.
  • Kraus, H. - J. Psalms. 2 vols. Translated by Hilton C. Oswold. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1988–1989.
  • ———. Theology of the Psalms. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1986.
  • Murphy, Roland E. The Tree of Life. An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
  • Perdue, Leo G. The Sword and the Stylus: An Introduction to Wisdom in the Age of Empires. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Watson, W. G. E. Classical Hebrew Poetry. A Guide to Its Techniques. JSOTS 26. Sheffield: Academic Press, 1984.
  • Weeks, S. An Introduction to the Study of Wisdom Literature. Approaches to Biblical Studies. London: T. & T. Clark, 2010.
  • Wilson, G. H. The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter. Society of Biblical Literature. Dissertation Serie 76. Chico: Scholars Press, 1985.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

1 hour written examination

1000 30.0

1000-word report

1000 18.0

1000 word report

1000 17.0

2,000-word report

2000 17.0

2,000-word report

2000 18.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 7 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-11 10:05:57 +1000